Child Removed From Parents After They Refused To Use Pronouns

Following their refusal to use their son’s preferred name and pronouns and the state’s intervention and removal of the child from their home, Mary Cox and Jeremy Cox have pursued their case all the way to the Supreme Court. 

The Cox’s case is against the Indiana Department of Child Services, and they hope the state would be held responsible for removing their child from their house. 

The parents contend that their religious convictions justified their choice even though they were the subjects of an investigation by Indiana authorities for refusing to use pronouns and a name that did not correspond to his biological sex.

Their son announced he identified as a girl in 2019.

After suspecting that their son was dealing with an eating disorder and other mental health issues, the Coxes sought professional help. The Coxes child was taken into custody by Indiana officials and placed in a “gender-affirming” home in 2021 after an investigation revealed that the parents were not using their child’s preferred gender identity. Even though the child’s eating issue became worse after being removed and placed in a transition-affirming family, the Coxes were still blamed despite the lack of evidence for the abuse allegations.

The state cannot remove a kid solely based on their parents’ religious or gender identity ideas, according to the office of Indiana’s attorney general, Todd Rokita. 

According to the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, the child’s parents were taken away from her due to a severe eating disorder that had gone untreated for two years, putting the child’s brain and bone health at risk, not because of any disagreement over the child’s gender identity.

Child placement in a “gender-affirming” family was the result of an investigation by Indiana authorities of the parents in 2021. 

The decision to take the kid and limit visitation privileges was upheld when the Coxes took their case to trial court.